Their will be a slight changing of the guard in net for the Bruins next season, and although the mainstay will still be Tuukka Rask, he’ll have a new backup when Claude Julien decides to give him the night off: Niklas Svedberg.
The Bruins announced on Monday that they had signed Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract, meaning that the days of Chad Johnson spelling Rask in net are over.
Johnson acknowledged that his time in Boston was finished, according to the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin:
Chad Johnson acknowledges that he won't be back. Via text: "It's unfortunate for me because I loved everything about Boston and the Bruins."— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) June 23, 2014
Johnson: "With how tight the cap is in Boston ... as well as what the goalie market for a guy like myself is nothing really could work out."— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) June 23, 2014
The extent of Johnson’s career known to most casual Bruins fans before this past season was that he happened to have the same name as a certain football player who calls himself “Ocho Cinco.”
But Johnson proved to be much more than just any other backup in the 2013-14 season, compiling some very impressive numbers behind the Vezina-nominee Rask.
In 27 appearances for the Bruins, Johnson went 17-4-3 with a GAA of 2.10 and a save percentage of .925. He was almost untouchable at the TD Garden, going a perfect 8-0 in home starts with a GAA of 1.40 and a save percentage of .944.
Svedberg appeared in one game for the Bruins last season, earning a win in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Nashville Predators, allowing two goals on 35 shots. He went 25-15-4 with a 2.63 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 45 games for the Providence Bruins.
Svedberg totaled 102 games in his AHL career with a record of 66-27-6; in 2012-13, he was awarded the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award, given to the AHL’s most outstanding goaltender as voted by coaches, players, and members of the media.